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Psychology enthusiasts from around the world meet up monthly for a lively skype conversation about an important psych book. Emphasis on how these ideas are relevant in our own lives.



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Psychology Book Club Podcast
Aug 29, 2017 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a conversation about Against Therapy by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson Here is a description of the book from Amazon: In this ground-breaking and highly controversial book, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson attacks the very foundations of modern psychotherapy from Freud to Jung, from Fritz Perls to Carl Rodgers. With passion and clarity, Against Therapy addresses the profession's core weaknesses, contending that, since therapy's aim is to change people, and this is achieved according to...
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Jun 20, 2017 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a conversation about Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain by Sue Gerhardt. Here is a description of the book from Amazon: Why Love Matters explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting consequences for future emotional and physical health. This second edition follows on from the success of the first, updating the scientific research, covering recent findings in genetics...
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Nov 15, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a conversation about A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: "One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and...
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Sep 30, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is an old conversation from 2015 about the book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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In this episode, we're discussing Marshall Rosenberg's book Nonviolent Communication. Here is a summary of the book: An enlightening look at how peaceful communication can create compassionate connections with family, friends, and other acquaintances. The book uses stories, examples, and sample dialogues to provide solutions to communication problems both at home and in the workplace. Guidance is provided on identifying and articulating feelings and needs, expressing anger fully, and exploring...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon.com: Pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Timesscience writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control. Drawing on cutting-edge research and the wisdom of real-life experts,Willpower shares lessons on how to focus our strength, resist...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour by Helmut Schoek.  Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Envy was first published in German in 1966, then in an English translation in 1970. This classic study is one of the few books to explore extensively the many facets of envy - "a drive which lies at the core of man's life as a social being." Ranging widely over literature, philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences, Professor Schoeck - a...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A group conversation from 8th September about How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen. Here is a summary of the book: "In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is an interview with author Daniel Mackler about his book "Toward Truth: A Psychological Guide to Enlightenment". Daniel is a filmmaker, musician and lover of life. For 10 years he was a psychotherapist in New York City. He writes extensively on healing childhood trauma and reclaiming the true self.  Here is a summary of his book: Toward Truth offers the reader a radical psychological guide to healing childhood trauma- both the extreme echelon of damage and the other 99%...
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This episode is a discussion about Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts by Dr. Guy Winch, featuring author participation. Here is a summary of the book: Heal small emotional injuries before they become big ones. We all sustain emotional wounds. Failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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In this episode, we're discussing Alison Gopnik's book The Philosophical Baby. "The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Recently, they have discovered that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually cleverer, more...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion of Oliver James' book They F*** You Up: How to Survive Family Life. Here is a summary from Amazon: In this groundbreaking book, clinical psychologist Oliver James shows that it is the way we were cared for in the first six years of life that has a crucial effect on who we are and how we behave. Nurture, in effect, shapes our very nature. In a remarkable analysis of science and popular culture, James combines the latest research with revealing case studies,...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about the book Guilt, Shame and Anxiety by Peter Breggin. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: With the first unified theory of guilt, shame, and anxiety, this pioneering psychiatrist and critic of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs examines the causes and effects of psychological and emotional suffering from the perspective of biological evolution, child development, and mature adult decision-making. Drawing on evolution, neuroscience, and decades of clinical...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about the book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Expanding on her viral post that has become an international phenomenon, a psychotherapist offers simple yet effective solutions for increasing mental strength and finding happiness and success in life. As a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist, Amy Morin has seen countless people choose to succeed despite...
This episode is an old discussion from October 2014 about the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Here is a description of the book from Amazon: Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you'll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming by Anthony Stephens. Here is a summary of the book from the publisher: Every night we enter a mythic realm, a dark, primordial world of fear and desire. What this world offers, Anthony Stevens suggests, may well be the key to understanding our waking mysteries--ourselves, our society, and our history. A prominent psychiatrist and practicing Jungian analyst, Stevens views dreaming from both psychological and neurological...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about The Myth of Mental Illness by Thomas Szasz. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon.com: The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. Here is a summary of the book: Nathaniel Branden's book is the culmination of a lifetime of clinical practice and study, already hailed in its hardcover edition as a classic and the most significant work on the topic.  Immense in scope and vision and filled with insight into human motivation and behavior,The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem is essential reading for anyone with a personal or professional interest in...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day by Anne Katherine. Here is a summary of the book:  From the acclaimed author of the perennial favorite Boundaries, Where to Draw the Line is a practical guide to establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries in many different situations. With every encounter, we either demonstrate that we’ll protect what we value or that we’ll give ourselves away. Healthy boundaries preserve our integrity....
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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In this episode, we're discussing Martin Seligman's influential positive psychology book, Authentic Happiness. Here is the book's summary from Amazon.com: A national bestseller, Authentic Happiness launched the revolutionary new science of Positive Psychology—and sparked a coast-to-coast debate on the nature of real happiness. According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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Psychology enthusiasts from around the world meet on Skype to talk about Carl Rogers' great book On Becoming A Person. Here is the book's description from Amazon.com: In this book one of America's most distinguished psychologists describes his experiences in helping people to discover the path to personal growth through an understanding of their own limitations and potential. What is personal growth? Under what conditions is it possible? How can one person help another? What is creativity, and...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about the book Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships.  Here is a summary of the book from the publishers:  In this controversial, thought-provoking, and brilliant book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha debunk almost everything we know about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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In this episode, we're discussing "Falling in Love: Why We Choose the Lovers We Choose" by Ayala Malach Pines. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Falling in Love is the first book to unlock the mysteries of how and why we fall in love. Renowned psychologist Ayala Pines shows us why we fall for the people we do, and argues convincingly that we love neither by chance nor by accident. She offers sound advice for making the right choices when it comes to this complicated emotion....
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about the book "A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon.  Here is a summary of the book: Three eminent psychiatrists tackle the difficult task of reconciling what artists and thinkers have known for thousands of years about the human heart with what has only recently been learned about the primitive functions of the human brain. The result is an original, lucid, at times moving account of the complexities of love and its...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A discussion of Cordelia Fine's book "Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference". Here is a summary of the book from the publisher: This is a vehement attack on the latest pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes - with the scientific evidence to back it up. Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles increasingly defend inequalities by citing immutable...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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Here is a very short podcast about the experience of reading and sharing thoughts on psychology books from members of the book club. I hope you get involved! Podcast Episode 
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A group discussion about Marlene Steinberg's fascinating book, The Stranger in The Mirror: Dissociation- The Hidden Epidemic. Here is the book's summary from Amazon.com: Discover groundbreaking findings on a hidden epidemic -- and why it so often is misdiagnosed. You peer into the mirror and have trouble recognizing yourself. You feel as if you're going through the motions of life or you're watching a movie of yourself. These are all symptoms of dissociation -- a debilitating psychological...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Here is a summary of the book: In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion of M. Scott Peck's bestseller, The Road Less Traveled. Here is a summary from Wikipedia: The Road Less Traveled, published in 1978, is Peck's best-known work. It is a description of the attributes that make for a fulfilled human being, based on his experiences as a psychiatrist and a person.  In the first section of the book Peck talks about discipline, which he considers essential for emotional, spiritual and psychological health, and which he describes as...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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Hannah is a regular contributor to the Psychology Book Club podcast and has just released a brilliant new book called The Ultimate Guide to Journaling. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in journaling. Whether you are new to the concept of journaling or a seasoned journaler, this book contains tips, techniques, and over 100 journaling suggestions and prompts that will take your journaling practice to new levels. Journaling is an important personal development tool that helps us...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A group conversation from 7th July 2013 about In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr Gabor Mate. Here is a summary of the book: "Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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In this episode, we discuss Gifts Differing by Isabel Briggs Myers & Peter B. Myers. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type is a well-known book, written by Isabel Briggs Myers with Peter B. Myers, which describes the insights into the psychological type model originally developed by C.G. Jung as adapted and embodied in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. The book explains the many practical applications of this...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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In this episode we talk about Journal to the Self by Kathleen Adams, a book that helps you explore the rich inner world through journalling. Kathleen Adams' life is journal keeping and this book reflects the passion she has for using writing to enrich our lives. Whether this is your first venture into journaling or you are a veteran journaler, you will find fresh ideas and satisfying reading in "Journal to the Self". The book is full of journaling prompts and techniques that will have...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A discussion of Jay Early's book "Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS, A New, Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy". Here is a summary of "Self Therapy" from the book: "This book can help you bring a new sense of compassion and healing to yourself without having to be in therapy. Through Jay's user-friendly description of the Internal Family Systems approach, you will begin to change how you do "self...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book Outliers: The Story of Success. Here is a summary of the book: Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? In his provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and more fascinating, than we could ever have...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This episode is a discussion about the book Love's Executioner: & Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom. Here is a summary of the book from the publisher: The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A group conversation about the book Getting Real: 10 Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life by Susan Campbell Ph.D. Here is a summary of the book: Everyone values honest communication, yet few people possess the requisite skills. Susan Campbell provides simple yet practical awareness practices — culled from her 35-year career as a relationship coach and corporate consultant — that require individuals to “let go” of the need to be right, safe, and certain. Such questions as...
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Sep 9, 2016 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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This short episode is a discussion we had during our first Skype conversation. Psychology enthusiasts from around the world talk about the aims of the book club and what some of the main participants would like to get from their involvement. It gives an overview of what this podcast is all about. Hope you enjoy it! Podcast Episode
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May 10, 2015 hannah@becomingwhoyouare.net
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A discussion of Alice Miller's book "The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self". Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Swiss psychoanalyst Alice Miller's writings have changed the way many people view themselves and their world. In simple but powerful prose, the deeply moving "The Drama of Being a Child" showed how parents unconsciously form and deform the emotional lives of their children. In "The Truth Will Set...